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Mana Up
IndustryStartup accelerator
Founded2017; 2 years ago (2017)
FounderMelialani James
Brittany Heyd
Michael Cheski
Number of locations
1 location (2019)
ServicesAssisting in business growth
Number of employees

Mana Up is a Hawaii-based women-led business accelerator for consumer packaged goods and an e-commerce store for Hawaii food, beauty, art, fashion, and home goods..[1]

It was launched in November of 2017 by Meli James, the president of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association,[2][3] Michael Cheski (who withdrew from activities in the organization shortly after the launch)[4] and former co-founder of Washington DC-based startup accelerator "1776", Brittany Heyd [5] [6] [7] [4]. Mana Up is incorporated as domestic Limited Liability Company under the legal mame of 'MANA UP LABS, LLC'.[8] The company's office and co-working spaces are located at the Dole Cannery building in Honolulu.[9]

Mana Up is an advisory company addressing native Hawaiian businesses.[10] It seeks to invest in local companies with $100,000 or more in annual revenue.[11] Mana Up hosts a 12-week accelerator program twice per year aimed to support scaling product businesses.[12] The accelerator program provides access to e-commerce platform owned by Mana Up and distribution opportunities through partnership with Hawaiian Airlines[13][14][9] and DFS Hawaii[15] Each time at the end of 12-week period the program usually culminates in a showcase, which draws approximately 600 attendees and generates sales for the startups participating in it.[16][17][18]


On August 16, 2018 Mana Up was acknowledged as best new business on Hawaii by Pacific Edge magazine[19].
On April 22, 2019 Mana Up was highlighted by Hawaii Business Magazine as Editor’s Choice out of Hawaiian women-owned Small Businesses.[20]


  1. ^ Lum, Burt (2019-02-20). "Bytemarks Café: Mana Up Update". Hawaii Public Radio. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  2. ^ Medal, Andrew (2017-05-10). "8 Women Leaders Who Are Disrupting Entrepreneurship, #5, Melialani James". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  3. ^ "A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: HOW MANA UP IS HELPING HAWAII AGRICULTURAL COMPANIES". edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine. 2019-06-22. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  4. ^ a b "Mana Up Aims to Turn Small Local Companies into Global Brands". Hawaii Business Magazine. 2018-01-10. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  5. ^ "The Scene: Week of April 29. Royal visit: Jordan's Queen Rania pays visit to 1776 in D.C." Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  6. ^ "Entrepreneurs get a dose of inspiration at MEDB's three-day Startup Weekend | News, Sports, Jobs - Maui News". Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  7. ^ "Mana Up – Bytemarks Cafe". web.archive.org. 2018-02-06. Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  8. ^ "Business Registration Division - Search for Business Entity & Documents of MANA UP LABS". Hawaii State Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs, Business Registration Division. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  9. ^ a b "Mana Up". Pacific Edge Magazine. 2018-02-05. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  10. ^ "Mana Up initiative gives Native Hawaiian businesses a boost | Kamehameha Schools". www.ksbe.edu. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  11. ^ "Mana Up's third cohort includes 7 women-founded product businesses". American City Business Journals. Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  12. ^ "Authentic local products stem from work made with aloha like Laha'ole". KITV (ABC). Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  13. ^ "Mana Up and Hawaiian Airlines Team Up for Unique Made in Hawaii Festival Showcase". KHON2. 2019-08-16. Retrieved 2019-08-26.
  14. ^ Wednesday; February 13; 2019; A.m, 12:05 (2019-02-13). "Women-led businesses dominate Mana Up's third cohort". Hawaii Tribune-Herald. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  15. ^ "DFS and Mana Up Partner to Support Local Entrepreneurs". KHON2. 2019-08-26. Retrieved 2019-08-26.
  16. ^ "Maui Now: Mana Up Accelerator Participants Experience Revenue Growth". Maui Now | Mana Up Accelerator Participants Experience Revenue Growth. Retrieved 2019-05-03.
  17. ^ Simek, Kelly (2018-11-02). "Mana Up Holiday Showcase features local products". KHON-TV. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  18. ^ Monday, Special to West Hawaii Today |; August 20; 2018; A.m, 12:05 (2018-08-20). "3 Big Island businesses flourish under program geared to pump startups". West Hawaii Today. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  19. ^ "2018 Pacific Edge Business Achievement Awards Winners". Pacific Edge Magazine. 2018-08-16. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  20. ^ "Editor's Choice: Small Business Awards 2019". Hawaii Business Magazine. 2019-05-01. Retrieved 2019-05-01.

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